The difference between Fall arrest and restraint is a very simple distinction.
Fall Restraint: is a system or method of working at height where there should be no chance of falling and is considered the safest method of the two when working at height.
Fall Arrest: is a system or method of working at height where the possibility of falling is likely or you are actively working beyond the fall hazard. In this instance the chance for injury or danger of falling is much higher, so additional training and a rescue plan will be required prior to the use of the equipment.Height Safety
The Trauma strap should be part of every rescue plan where there is an element where you could potentially fall while using a harness.
Often, rescue plans can take a considerable amount of time to implement, leaving someone potentially suspended in the harness which may have dug into them during their fall.
This simple solution will provide relief to any persons suspended after a fall, giving them a stirrup to stand on to allow blood to flow through the joints impaired by a strap or buckle which would have absorbed or arrested your motion towards the ground.Height Safety
Inspecting your fall arrest harness is first and foremost your responsibility and should be an essential part of your routine, you can break up the inspection into these steps.
– Each Harness must have an individual serial number and CE Marking on the label
– Confirm when the harness was last inspected and that there were no reported problems
– Check that the Harness has not exceeded its “working life”, you can do this by checking the manufacturing date or date of purchase and confirming that this has not exceeded 5 years.*
Check D Ring condition for:
– Excessive wear
– Fatigue / rust
Check back plate, fasteners, web tidies, adjusters and connectors for:
– Excessive wear
– Hold the harness up by the shoulder straps and ensure that the webbing hangs evenly
– Connect buckles and ensure harness is not distorted and hangs correctly
– Check webbing for signs of UV damage
– Check webbing for signs of chemical damage (staining is a good indication of chemical damage and can be identified if the harness appears brittle or hardened)
– Check the condition of the webbing by running through thumb and forefinger
In all cases software, must be free from: –
– Excessive abrasion
If you encounter any examples of the above issues or you are unsure that your harness fits to the standard defined above, replace it.
It is worth noting that proper care and cleaning of a fall arrest harness is just as important as the inspection itself.
– Do not use a drying room to dry webbing products
– Do not stand on a harness when donning/removing
– Do not use marker pen or solvents
– Store in a clean, dry place away from direct sunlight
– Clean using non biological detergent at a low temperature
– Before an inspection, make sure that the equipment is clean.
– Wash in warm soapy water with a sponge and hang to dry naturally.
– Never expose to heat and never use a drying room.
*please note: five year working life is a guideline and harness working life is subject to individual manufacturer specifications.
A harness is no longer considered safe and should not be used when:
When you unpack your harness, it is often easy to get confused with how to put it on or “don” your harness, with its bundle of straps, buckles and connectors, you initially may not know which way is up!
Follow our guide for a quick and simple method of donning your harness!
Step 1. Inspect your harness, this should always be the first stage of fitting your harness, for an easy step by step guide, follow our simple guide here
Step 2. Hold your harness by the D ring and shake out any kinks, ensuring the straps are not tangled or twisted.
Step 3. Hold the harness up by the shoulder straps and ensure leg straps hang free.
Step 4. Pass your arms through shoulder straps.
Step 5. Connect the chest buckle.
Step 6. Adjust the rear D so that it is between the shoulder blades and within the users reach. A rear D that is too high or too low will cause the body to take an undesirable position during a fall arrest situation.
Step 7. Pull the harness down at the back so the sub pelvic strap sits under the buttocks. DO NOT twist or cross the straps.
Step 8. Connect the leg buckles and adjust all webbing so that the harness fits comfortably without restricting free movement or pinching.
Step 9. Ensure you have all the correct PPE for the task at hand, e.g. does your hi viz vest work properly with your harness? Do you have any other safety concerns for the work you need to perform? Has all the equipment you have been issued with passed inspection? If you are not sure, don’t put yourself at risk.
If you are not sure, please ask!Height Safety
If you have a hotel then you will know that appearances are everything. On the flip side, you also need to make sure that you run a practical and efficient service. Cargo nets can help you to do that, here’s how:
Believe it or not, cargo netting is ideal if you want to spruce up your hotel or even incorporate a new theme. Theming is a great way for you to get some additional publicity for your brand and you would be surprised at how much it can transform your marketing strategy.
If you’re stuck for ideas then why not go for a ship or nautical theme? You can have cargo nets coming down from the roof and you can also have it themed around the bedding too. If you want to take things to that next level, then why not think about having toy crabs or fishing hooks attached.
When you’ve done all that, have some bedding that is also themed to really tie everything in together. The best thing about this is that it is super convenient and easy to do, and you won’t have to worry about painting either.
If you are having work done to your hotel then you’ll most likely be creating a lot of waste material that will need skipping. Cargo nets, or more specifically skip nets, are an essential item for use with skips. They are great for keeping everything that should be in a skip inside and everything that shouldn’t (such as vermin) outside.
If you pick up all of the supplies for your hotel in your pick-up truck, then a cargo net can easily be used to go over the top – such as our range of car nets. You can keep all of your items safe and sound that way and you don’t have to worry about them blowing off in the wind either. Cargo nets are super easy to attach, and you would be surprised at how much of a difference it can make to your safety when driving in bad weather conditions.
So, there are many ways for you to utilise cargo netting in your hotel, and by trying a few of them out, you’ll soon find that it’s an incredibly versatile material.
Cargo netting is ideal for washing baskets. Why? Because it is super durable, and it can be used for a huge range of different sized baskets. Consider adding a drawstring to the top of the bag and use it to carry laundry from one room to another. You can also place it in a metal frame so you have a permanent laundry bin that can expand whenever required. Believe it or not, it’s little things like this that can make a difference to the overall efficiency of your hotel.
Sometimes in your hotel, you’ll need to give your guests additional bedding or even toilet paper. This can take up room and it can also really get in the way too. If you want to stop this from happening, then why not create your own hanging baskets? You can pin the cargo netting on the wall, and you can then put any extras that you need in there. This could include toilet rolls or even additional bedding. Your guests can then pull down whatever they need and there is absolutely no need to dust or polish it, unlike a standard shelf.
Why not create some wash bags for your guests to take home with them? You can put a drawstring on the top and you can also glue your hotel logo on the front too. That way, when your guests take toiletries with them when they leave, you can feel confident knowing that they are going to remember your brand. Anyone with a little bit of DIY knowledge would be able to do this, and it is super easy to do too.Netting
We’re now into the cycling season and I’m sure hi-vis is at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
Despite popular belief there are variations in the definition of what constitutes ‘High visibility.’ Logically, one would think that if there were one group of people that required high visibility then it would be cyclists.
While there are a large number of manufacturers that produce hi-vis wear for cyclists the number of cyclists that choose to wear them is not as many as you may think. As with any activity where a choice is available to those taking part, a great many cyclists do not like the look of hi-vis clothing.
Although according to Rule 59 of The Highway Code (D.o.T. 1/11/2015) cyclists should wear
So while hi-vis wear is not (technically) mandatory it is advised to be used.
One manufacturer has even developed a system where the reflective strips on the jacket are almost unnoticeable until a strong light is shone onto them.
At first glance it would be hard to imagine how a black jacket could fall under the banner of ‘reflective.’ The company has developed a reflective material that in ‘normal’ lighting conditions is barely noticeable. A fact that makes many cyclists, including this writer extremely happy.
From the individual’s point of view there is a certain stigma connected to the hi-vis clothing and the ‘usual’ wearer.
While the logic of hi-vis wear is easy to understand, indeed it is a logical garment to wear, the stereotypical wearer is perceived as being old fashioned and somewhat miserable.
In a great many cases this perception is about as wrong as it is possible to be. The problem arises because that state is how touring cyclists used to be. Twenty years ago, as the cycle trade began its first comeback, many new riders made it clear when buying their new ride that they did not want to be mistaken for one of those ‘Old Farts.’ So the dislike of hi-vis cycle wear began.
With the improvement of LED lighting technology combined with the advances in battery manufacture and USB charging it could be argued that hi-vis wear is no longer such an important piece of equipment for the modern day cyclist.
And yet, as seen in the extract from the Highway Code above, hi-vis apparel is still recommended for all cyclists. As for me, my backpack has Scotchlite panels and the array of lights fitted to my helmet and bike are bright enough to let everyone know I’m there.
Although the lights on my wheels are hypnotic…
Cycling, General, hi-vis
When on site it seems as though almost everything that can be worn has a PPE equivalent. In a way that makes sense, about the only garment that does not seem to have an EN rating is boxer shorts.
There are a multitude of reasons why so much of what can be worn is listed as Workwear, but the fact is that when you are at work it makes sense to dress appropriately.
It is even possible to have waterproof socks in case the water level happens to be a fraction too high for your boots.
But is it all really worth it?
Yes, of course it is.
The idea of safety clothing is to keep you protected in the workplace and it helps if what you are wearing is as comfortable as possible. It is true that high-vis clothing may never be seen on the catwalks of Pairs or in London fashion week, although it is not unlikely that at some point some designer will choose to include something one day.
However, until that day arrives it is safe to assume that there will always be a truly practical purpose for the rules and regulations that govern what should be worn in any potentially hazardous environment.
It also saves the wearer from the arduous task of trying to decide what to put on every morning and you can keep your ‘normal’ clothes for when you are at home. In a backwards sort of way it is financially more sensible to have to wear site specific clothing as it tends to be harder wearing than any other clothes.
Some companies even have their logo printed, or embroidered, onto the apparel in order to promote their business and make the wearer feel a part of the ‘family.’
All in all life is just a little bit easier when the effort of getting dressed in the morning is reduced to wondering whether or not to wear a waterproof.
That said we are in the UK . . .PPE
For an extended period of time it was always assumed that any kind of base layer that was being worn was in some way a thermal layer.
People used to think that it was strange to be wearing a thermal shirt in the middle of summer.
But the fact of the matter is that some base layers are designed and made to help keep the wearer, if not completely cool then certainly drier than a cotton T-shirt can.
The problem with a cotton shirt is that while it may let air through, it also holds on to any moisture that it comes into contact with. This can become uncomfortable on a warm day and if the wearer is still in the garment as the temperature drops then they can become chilled very quickly.
So the next time you see someone wearing a ‘thermal’ base layer on a hot summers day, it might be safe to assume that they are actually very comfortable in what they are wearing.
But thermal base layers are still very much in existence. When it gets cold there is a huge range of products that are produced to keep the wearer comfortable when worn as a layer to help keep you warm.
Old-fashioned ‘Long-Johns’ have come a very long way from being the items of ridicule that they once were. Thanks to the advances made in the production of fabrics, it is now remain comfortable at temperatures as low as -25ºC. Although being that warm they might just be a little too warm to be used as pyjamas!
Depending on the role you play on site there is an appropriate base layer to help keep you warm, even on the coldest of days. Combined with the right mid layers and required high-vis outer layer there is no reason to be uncomfortable during your time on site.Winter
Working at height can be potentially dangerous. Falls resulting from working at heights accounts for almost half a million in Europe with 40,000 causing permanent disabilities and 1000 leading to deaths. It is, therefore, imperative to take the necessary safety precaution.
It should be noted that even a few inches drop can result in serious injury. Tasks requiring the use of scaffolding or ladders must be studied very carefully to eliminate the occurrence of possible risks.
The safety tips discussed here will help you to stay safe while working at heights.Working At Height
To the average person one piece of hi-vis clothing is much the same as any other. What they do not realise is the strict requirements that this type of apparel has to conform to. All most people tend to notice are the colour and generalised design, while the wearer probably does not consider it all.
The main purpose of hi-vis wear is to make the wearer “ . . .capable of visually signalling the user’s presence.” It is designed and made to make the wearer conspicuous in any light conditions to operators of any kind of vehicle during daylight hours and in darkness when headlights are in use.
Any item of hi-vis wear that carries CE markings and approval has to conform to some very strict standards. Not least of these are: –
These garments are not made to with any form of power source to make them light up or have any means of producing light. They are designed and made to reflect any available light in order to make them easy to see in virtually any light conditions.
They must, however conform to quite definitive standards as set out in EN ISO 20471:2013.
This standard is reviewed every five years and updated as required. As with all forms of technology, as new materials are developed they are tested to see whether they are appropriate for use and granted authorisation as applicable. It is thanks to this regular review process that modern hi-vis wear is more comfortable and easier to maintain than older apparel.
Materials that are used for the manufacture of hi-vis wear undergo rigorous testing that measures a variety of elements. These include; burst testing, tear resistance and reflectivity. Depending on the intended application of the material it can also be tested for rainfall performance, UV exposure and even how well it washes.
The above diagram illustrates how two Class 2 garments can be combined to make a Class 3 ensemble. Class 3 being the highest level as it provides the greatest degree of conspicuity.
While under certain circumstances a single Class 2 garment may be considered sufficiently visible, it is advised that Class 3 ensembles are (in general) worn where the risk of vehicle impact is more likely.
Although many height safety harnesses are now available in hi-vis colours, they are excluded from EN ISO 20471:2013 as they cannot provide adequate coverage of the torso with fluorescent material.hi-vis
When people that do not use hi-vis are asked what they know on the subject then answers like, “It’s just for people that work on site” or “Isn’t it just so people see the bin man?” tend to become fairly regular answers.
It would probably surprise them to learn about the rigorous testing and the materials go through and the legal requirements that individual garments have to pass in order to meet current industry standards.
If you really wanted to create confusion then the question of whether they knew there was a difference between summer and winter garments, excluding waterproofs, would possibly result in the statement, “Well I don’t need it so who cares?”
People tend to forget that there are men and women out working in all conditions where hi-vis clothing is a legal requirement of their job. In the UK, winter begins on the last Sunday in October and does not officially end until the last Sunday in March. But even that time frame doesn’t take into account the shortening days as summer comes to a close, or even take into account days where visibility is low because of adverse weather conditions.
In winter hi-vis work wear also needs to provide the wearer with more than just the ability to be easily noticed. In many cases being waterproof is an expected feature, living in Britain even some of the summer-wear is usually waterproof, so having a warm lining or thermal layer can be a primary concern.
Then the actual need of the wearer needs to be considered. Providing lightweight cotton trousers and vest would be ludicrous if the user is working on a rail track in the middle of winter.
A simple, yet with hindsight obvious solution is to ask the teams that will be using the PPE what they need and supply the correct garments as required. Similarly there would be little point in providing a fully lined winter suit to a building inspector when they may spend more time inside a building than out.
Another issue that should be identified is how easy the garments are to clean. If they require specialist cleaning then they are not going to be suitable for use in an environment where there is a risk of becoming covered in dirt every day,
Teams working alongside busy roads are exposed to rapid climate changes and have the disadvantage of a constant stream of traffic expelling exhaust fumes as they pass by.
A simple example of how rapidly an item can become discoloured is the simple hi-vis vest worn by a cyclist. After one week commuting as little as twenty miles per week a hi-vis vest is more dirt than colour. So imagine how quickly a roadside workers clothing will deteriorate.
Winter work wear needs to be easy to clean while providing sufficient protection from the elements, otherwise a day at work would some become a long dark period of discomfort with the risk of severe injury.General, hi-vis, Winter